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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Professional Development

Educators must always hone their craft. Discover the many formal, informal, ongoing, and job-embedded professional-development programs keeping teachers at the top of their game.

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Should Students Have a Role in Professional Development?

Check out these real-life examples of students playing an active role in their teachers' professional learning.

Using Pre-Needs Assessment for Effective PD

Personalize your PD by using tools like Google Forms, Padlet, and Nearpod to learn what teachers already know and what they need to know.

Becoming a Listening Educator

The four traits of a listening educator are a willingness to slow down, genuine curiosity, attention to non-verbal cues, and self-awareness and empathy.

Do I Need a Digital Teaching Portfolio?

A well-planned, current digital teaching portfolio can be an asset whether you're seeking a job, being evaluated within your school, or simply demonstrating your professionalism.

DIY Professional Development: Resource Roundup

Why wait for formal environments, when there are so many opportunities to learn new skills on your own? We've compiled a list of the best resources for do-it-yourself PD to get you started.

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15 Characteristics of a 21st-Century Teacher

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What Does Transformational Teaching Look Like?

Download a one-page tip sheet to reference six ways you can transform your teaching practice.

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Daily Planning Worksheet

Download this sample daily planning worksheet to help you think about how to plan your weekly activities.

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Five Essential Elements of a Classroom Walkthrough

Download this PDF for five great tips for effective classroom walkthroughs.

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Weekly Update: Educational Webinars, Unconferences, and Conferences

Get a roundup of educational webinars, conferences, edcamps, and unconferences aimed at helping students, classrooms, schools, and communities. Check this page weekly to get the latest updates!

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10 Free Apps and Tools for Starting Out (and Staying) Organized

Staying organized is about finding a system that works for you, picking tools that you'll actually use, and continually refining what works best for you.

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How Strong is Your PD Kung Fu?

Consider PD sessions as opportunities to build your toolkit, focus on topics critical to your needs, and use these events to network as well as learn.

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Collab Lab: An Experiment in Leadership and Growth

A high school principal's experiment to encourage staff risk taking during a 1:1 launch year turned into a fluid, collaborative leadership model called the "Collab Lab."

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Social Media: Making Connections Through Twitter

At Albemarle County Public Schools, teachers use social media to get ideas for their classroom, for professional development, and to connect student learning to the real world.

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Making the Case for Social Media in Schools

Social media is becoming an essential tool for professional growth, curriculum planning, and student engagement. Twitter, Instagram, Skype, and other platforms offer endless educational possibilities.

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Reimagining Classroom Walkthroughs

An online form could clarify and streamline classroom walkthroughs by focusing on a summary, specific and targeted feedback, teacher reflection/action plans, and adding multimedia.

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How to Keep Kids Engaged in Class

When students let their minds drift off, they're losing valuable learning time. Here are ten smart ways to increase classroom participation.

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Summer Reading List: 5 Books on Professional Development

Here are five books that will add some fun, practicality, data-driven findings, digital thinking, and connectivity to your PD reading this summer.

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Resources and Downloads for Teaching Critical Thinking

Educators from the Bay Area's KIPP King Collegiate High School and the KIPP network have provided these resources for you to use in your own school.

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Lesson Plans and Resources for Arts Integration

Educators from Bates Middle School, in Annapolis, Maryland, share arts-integrated lessons and resources that you can use in your school.

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A Step-by-Step Guide to the Best Projects

Discover a project-based learning model that motivates students to pursue knowledge and drives academic achievement.

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4 Things Transformational Teachers Do

Transformational teachers create experiences in their classrooms, melding the art and science of any subject and making their students care about learning.

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How to Get Free Teaching Materials

Educators share tips for stocking up on complimentary classroom supplies.

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